Volunteer as a Doula

So, you want to volunteer as a Doula with Birth for Humankind…

We generally recruit twice a year. We invite applications from Doulas, Midwives and Student Midwives who are interested in supporting women from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Applicants will be invited to attend an information session and interviews will take place afterwards. Successful applicants will be required to attend 2 full days of induction training.

Eligibility and application

To be eligible to apply as a volunteer doula for Birth for Humankind, you are required to:

  • Live in Greater Melbourne or Geelong area
  • Have completed a comprehensive doula training program, be a midwife or student midwife
  • Have attended a minimum of three births (not including birth of own children)
  • Have a current Police Check and Working with Children Check
  • Agree to abide by our policies and Code of Practice
  • Be committed to providing quality, impartial support to women from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Be committed to provide primary doula support to a minimum of three clients over an 18 month period

To read more download the Volunteer doula information sheet.


The role of the Birth for Humankind doula

The role of the primary doula is to provide support before, during and after the birth. Ideally, we aim to provide:

  • 2-3 visits before the birth (including one appointment with the midwife/doctor)
  • Two visits after the birth
  • 24/7 on-call availability two weeks before and two weeks after the clients estimated due date

Ongoing support, mentoring and debriefing is also provided by the Doula Coordinator and Supervisor.  We also host monthly Birth Support Circle for our volunteers to come together and share thoughts and wisdom.

To find out more about our Doula Support Program be sure to sign up to our newsletter here.


It is a real privilege to work with birthing women and support their transition to strong and empowered mothers. Volunteering with Birth for Humankind allows me to achieve this by connecting me with the women and families who truly benefit the most from my doula services. Thanks to the unwavering support, encouragement and ongoing, relevant training from Birth for Humankind, I now feel more confident in my role as a doula and have great pride in the contribution I am making to my community.

Liz Varney, Birth for Humankind Volunteer Doula